Thinking

The Bible says a lot about the mind. Our faculty to think is such a wild capacity. Have you ever thought about what a unique ability it is to have conversations inside your head? As unique and wild as it is, it can be a force that is sometimes positive and sometimes negative.

We must think about our thinking. The Bible tells us to think about ourselves. After that well-known passage where Paul says it is the renewal of our minds that actually transforms a life (Romans 12:2) he says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment” (Romans 12:3). He says don’t think of yourself one way, but think of yourself another way. The bottom line is, you are to think about yourself.

How do you think about yourself? Is it accurate? What do you tell yourself? Zig Ziglar would use the phrase, “We all need a daily check up from the neck up to avoid stinking thinking which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitudes.” Stinking thinking can be in either extreme of thinking too high or too low about ourselves. Transformation occurs when our minds are renewed by seeing ourselves the way we really are.

If you have stinking thinking, your first job is to start reading reality’s script. Sometimes your own thoughts don’t help. You need to put in better thoughts—from the outside. God is ultimately the only one who sees you the way you really are.

What would it be like to think the way God’s thinks about you? The Psalmist wrote, “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” (Ps 139:17). I would say one of the reasons they are precious is because God’s thoughts are the truest thoughts in the universe. It would be utterly transforming to think the way God thinks. Do you think it is possible?

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